We stayed at the Duke’s Palace for 2 nights just after Christmas and very much enjoyed our stay.
The hotel is in an amazing building that, in short, looks like a castle. It is very well located to the sights in Bruges but the location itself is very quiet.
We splurged and tried the Isabella of Portugal Suite and it was definitely an experience. First of all, the room is more or less off by itself – the first time they showed us the route to get to it I wasn’t sure I would find my way back (but I did). Because it was off by itself, the room was very quiet which I loved. The room itself was amazing with the high vaulted ceilings and wood beams. One thing to bear in mind if you are considering this room is that it is very very cool looking, but really is not necessarily all that user friendly. For example the room is very large, but there aren’t any super comfortable places to sit (no couch just several chairs and the bed). Again, we really enjoyed it, but had we been there for more than a couple of nights, I think a more comfortable room would have been preferred. The other issue we had with the room was that with the very high vaulted ceilings it was impossible to get the sleeping area warm (exactly the opposite of the problem we had in another hotel on our trip). I am absolutely glad we tried the room, but just bear in mind that they are some drawbacks to the cool historical room.
Aside from the design quirks, the room was very nice, with a huge bed, various chairs, a desk, a small sort of dining table, and coffee/tea making facilities which we always appreciate. The bathroom was perfectly nice with dual sinks and separate shower and tub.
We explored the hotel quite a bit and found it fascinating. Because it used to be a palace, there are all sort of different staircases, areas and hallways. The overall map of the hotel must be a maze. On the way to our room you passed the spiral staircase that is in the round tower; there is also a beautiful chapel that is used for events. If you stay here, definitely just wander around and you will see what I mean.
We enjoyed the breakfast in the hotel restaurant which was very nice. We also took advantage of the bar area for drinks on several occasions as well as tea one afternoon. The view over the internal gardens is very nice.
The staff was very helpful with reservations and were happy to show us the chapel when we asked (and to answer all my questions about the very unique property). The concierge was helpful before we arrived in arranging various car transfers.
We definitely recommend the Duke’s Palace and will stay again if we return to Bruges.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Dukes' Palace, former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy, is the perfect location in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges. The 110 rooms, of which 18 suites and 5 family rooms, are all unique and combine contemporary comfort with authentic elegance of the 15th century. The 3000 m² garden, the terrace, the bar and beautiful lounges are the ideal place to enjoy. You can relax in The Spa with sauna, hammam and gym. The hotel also features a spacious garage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace
- Kempinski Hotel Bruges